Graduate recruitment

Summer interns

We offer up to 10 summer positions each year to economics, banking, finance law and mathematics students who usually have one or two years of an Honours or Masters degree left to complete following their internship.

Applications for 2020 summer internships will be opening soon.

 Please note summer positions are only open to students studying at a New Zealand university.

Who are we looking for?

You’ll be majoring in economics, finance, banking, law and/or mathematics. Subjects that are useful to take include macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance, applied econometrics, law and/or mathematics subjects like QUAN (mathematics for economics and finance). 

You will be curious, analytical, a critical thinker and a team player. Strong written and verbal communication skills mean you know how to present your work clearly and concisely. Our interns are diverse in their backgrounds and interests. This makes for a dynamic team that has plenty of fun.

What to expect

As a summer intern, you’ll work at the Bank over the summer holidays from around mid November until mid February. You will work in one of the following departments during your internship:

Economics Department

Find out more about working in Economics.

Financial Markets Department

Find out more about working in Financial Markets.

Supervision Department

Find out more about Supervision Department.

Financial System Policy and Analysis

Find out more about working in Financial System Policy and Analysis..

Data and Statistics

Find out more about working in Data and Statistics.

University visits and the selection process

We will attend Career Expos and hold presentations at various University campuses throughout March – these will be attended by our Reserve Bank recent graduates (who have first-hand experience on what you’ll be going through!) and other RBNZ representatives. Don’t be afraid to pick our brains about what it’s like to work at the Reserve Bank or ask any other questions you have.

Following the application closing date, there’s a few steps in the process before we can offer you a position to ensure that we are the right fit for each other. If your application meets our requirements we will request that you participate in some short online assessments. Following this, you will participate in a pre-recorded Video Interview where you will be asked some motivational and competency-based questions.

From here, the shortlisted candidates are then invited to the Reserve Bank in Wellington for an Assessment Centre in late April. You will find out whether you will be offered a role with us in May – after which you can relax and focus on your studies!

Campus visits timetable

Our campus recruitment team consists of recent graduates. They visit Auckland University, Waikato University, Victoria University, Canterbury University and Otago University in early March each year. Massey Albany students are invited to attend the campus visit at Auckland University and Lincoln students are invited to attend the campus visit at Canterbury University.

Some of our past summer interns

Find out what our past summer interns worked on during their internships at the Reserve Bank and why they would recommend applying for an internship with us:


Our latest summer interns
Cameron Haworth
Prudential Supervision Department
John Knowles
Prudential Supervision Department
Macro Financial Department
Macro Financial Department
Prudential Supervision Department
Sam Wynands
Financial Markets Department


Applications for the 2020 Summer Internship Recruitment Round will be opening soon.

Please note we may start considering applications as they are received so encourage you to apply as soon as we open the application round.

Once the application round opens, you will need to apply by submitting the following:

Submit your application via our online portal

For further information please contact
Human Resources Adviser
Reserve Bank of New Zealand